Naomi Osaka returned to Haiti for the first time since winning the US Open in September, with the authorities hopeful she can inspire a new generation of young athletes. Osaka has received a warm reception on her return to Haiti following a hugely successful 2018 season. The 21-year-old climbed to WTA World No 5 and lifted her first major honour when she won the US Open in September.
Born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, she visited her birthland soon after winning the Grand Slam event but has now flown to Haiti following a government invitation. Initially, she was enigmatic over her plans, posting a cryptic message on Instagram indicating that she was going to a secret location.
Soon, however, the cat was out of the bag, with social media going crazy over her arrival in the Caribbean, where she was treated to a warm welcome.
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